Lexus has unveiled its smallest crossover SUV, the LBX, which will initially be available for sale in Europe. Designed specifically for the European market, the LBX shares the TNGA-B platform with the European-spec Yaris Cross SUV from Toyota. It will compete with rivals such as the Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3.

Lexus LBX

The LBX is equipped with a 1.5-litre petrol-hybrid powertrain, consisting of a three-cylinder petrol engine and a single electric motor. Together, they deliver up to 136hp to the front wheels. The powertrain features a new bipolar nickel-metal-hydride battery with improved power density and throughput potential, enabling the LBX to offer acceleration comparable to battery-electric cars.

Lexus LBX

To ensure a Lexus-like driving experience, the TNGA-B platform was modified for the LBX, with a 20mm longer wheelbase, reduced overhangs, and widened track. The LBX measures 4,190mm in length, 1,825mm in width, and 1,545mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,580mm.

Lexus LBX

Inside the LBX, the focus is on the driver, with a lower seating position than most crossovers. The dashboard and center console have been simplified, while retaining key physical controls. Standard equipment includes a 9.8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument display.

Lexus aims for the LBX to make up a significant portion of its sales in Europe when deliveries commence in the first quarter of 2024.

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